Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre [ARC REVIEW]

TITLE: Mortal Danger
(Immortal Game #1)

AUTHOR: Ann Aguirre
PUBLISHER: Feiwel & Friends
PUB DATE: Aug 5 2014
Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly... bad things are happening. It's a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains, she isn't sure who—or what--she can trust. Not even her own mind...

Source: Goodreads


“Game on.”

I’ve come to love Ann Aguirre’s storytelling and writing style through the Razorland trilogy. I loved the character building she has done with Deuce and Fade, and her world building skills were vivid and captivating. That was enough to convince me to watch out for her next books, and that is how I came to read Mortal Danger.

Mortal Danger is a paranormal romance mixing in the creepy urban legends that we might have heard at some extent, like Father Frost, Bloody Mary, etc.

I made a mistake of reading this book in the middle of the night. I didn’t know there was an upcoming “Bloody Mary” scene, so it’s no surprise I had to stop reading after that part. It wasn’t that big of a deal, but I easily scare so I had to find some random funny comic strip online just to get it off my mind. Damn! These things really should come with a warning!

While I don’t mind cliché’s in books since some authors can actually pull it off and lead it to be something a reader can appreciate and indulge in, this one was a miss. The instant romance between the protagonists, Kian and Edie, was not convincing. The villains, the plot, and all the drama weren’t any better either. I felt like everything was too strained. It also felt like I was being forced to like Edie with all that was happening in her life.

Mortal Danger is definitely not a Razorland-kind of story. I truly do love Ann Aguirre’s writing, and the amount of research this story went through was impeccable, but alas, story and character wise, it didn’t impress me.

It was obviously interesting given that I stuck through the entire book, but it just didn’t have the kind of spark I’m looking for in a book. I didn’t take the story at heart.

*Thank you Macmillam, Feiwel & Friend, and NetGalley for granting my request to view Mortal Danger.


  1. Aww that's a shame its not as good as her Razorland trilogy, which I loved! But I'll still get it lol :)

  2. I actually see some strength in the story but I suppose it really isn't my type. I hope you fair better though. And thanks for commenting! ^_^


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